It’s just the Danby Guy, getting back to earth from the Jenny Brook festival. Yes sireeee, the festival season is now upon us. Candi, thanks for putting on such a beautiful festival, and bringing such good talent to the Green Mountains. It sure put me in the festival mood, and now my task at hand will start. Well, if it stops raining the hay will be gone, and I can’t wait to uncover the stage, get up the light fixtures in the field, and yah, I do have Sirius XM 61 just a blaring when I’m doing it. Nothing like good bluegrass music to get ya in the mood!
I’m really excited, this is our 9th year, and we have an awesome lineup. We are small but there will be great music on stage, and in the field. I saw it firsthand last year and plan on it again. I was talking to Tom Venne of Beartracks and he is ready. He said they had some new stuff for us, and Julie said they had some surprises in store. Man, what a show they put on last year! Hey, talking about going the extra mile, what about Zink & Company, doing a special 2-hour concert for us on Thursday night, because he couldn’t be here for the weekend?! They are special people. They will give it all they’ve got, and want you smiling when you leave. Well, if ya like a little country, we have it with Don Bishop & The Mountaineeers, and Cannonball Express; you won’t be disappointed!
Now, what can I say, we are a part of the farewell tour of the great great legend, Mister Smokey Greene. He will be playing in his own backyard, as he grew up not far from the festival. So, this is one show you don’t want to miss! It is hard to believe Smokey will cut back, but he says he is, so don’t miss him!!
Now, if you were at Jenny Brook festival this year, you probably saw Aaron Foster on stage working with the Kids Academy. But at Danby, you will see him on stage with his band called Destination Blue. And I guarantee ya, they will knock your socks off! This one you don’t want to miss!
Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing will be back. They are really great, it’s called they have got their <> well, stuff <> together! They are so good and you won’t be disappointed. We will have a very good show from your host band, Just Passin’ Thru, right through to the end. And if you don’t let Beartracks off the stage, it’s OK with me! I know they won’t disappoint; they can always bunk with Harry Ralph.
New this year is Dave Nichols & Spare Change. They have been at it for a long time and won’t disappoint. Plus, Dave is generously donating a beautiful Blueridge guitar and hard case to a lucky raffle winner. Dave’s wife, Nadine, will be donating her time taking festival photos – don’t forget to smile pretty for the camera! And maybe we can get Brian to yodel for us!
The Seth Sawyer Band will be here. What a voice (eat your heart our Ricky Skaggs)! What a terrific job they do but I can’t describe it; you will just have to hear them in person. And oh yah, they have a new CD out; it’s about time!!
Well, what can I say; I’m excited, can’t ya tell?! Our sponsorships are up this year, so I guess people are liking what we do, and want to be a part of it. So, thank you one and all for the donations. MUCH APPRECIATED!!
Things are going to be getting busy for this old guy, so we will see you, one and all, at Danby. So bring your cheeries and your smiles, play some tunes, meet old friends, make new friends, and just plain enjoy what we have to offer!
See you there!
TJ, the Danby Guy!!